4 YEARS SHAPING.
I have never had an official mentor teaching me how to make surfboards. When I first decided to give it a crack I went knocking at the doors of the factories of some of the shapers in town, asking if they needed any kind of help. I thought maybe I could clean the factory, anything really, just to be able to have a look at a pro in the process.
I didn’t have much luck with that. The only guy that was kind enough to allow me to watch a board being shaped was Corey Graham. He probably doesn't even remember it, but I appreciated it very much! I didn't ask a single question, just watched. But some of the steps I am currently following when I shape a board are still based on my memory of watching Corey shaping that short board.
ORIGINALLY FROM ITALY.
I grew up in a town of 5000 people at the feet of the mountains of Northern Italy, between Milan and Venice. The sea, which is pretty much as flat as a lake, is three hours away from there. My parents always took us to the beach during summer holidays and my dad is a die-hard fisherman, so I have always felt somehow connected to the sea since young age.
I have been skateboarding and snowboarding for many years, but surfing was still pretty much a myth in Italy. I remember being obsessed with waves even before seeing a proper one breaking (which happened in my early twenties during a trip to Brazil). I remember being 13 years old and watching non-stop the only surf video I had and daydreaming about breaking waves. I suppose it was the wide-open spaces and freedom and adventure I imagined went with it.
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